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Tips for Buying Used Clothing Online

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Second-hand stores are big business these days. Whether it’s due to a downturn in the economy or a desire to wear a unique look rather than the same high street trends as everyone else, more and more consumers are shopping for used clothing.

Charity shops, vintage boutiques, estate sales, and consignment stores are all great sources of high quality used duds. Yet you can also find even better bargains online, even buying used clothing using your mobile phone with apps like the one provided by Quicksales!

This and eBay are two of the biggest names in resale goods, yet there’s a wealth of designer and vintage clothing available at low cost for savvy shoppers. The following are a few tips to keep in mind as you start your hunt.

Set a Budget

It’s difficult to set a budget when you’re not really sure what things are going to cost until you start searching.

However, it’s wise to set an upper limit on what you’re willing to spend or you could get carried away bidding on sites like eBay and end up spending more than you would have on brand new clothing!

Know your Measurements

Even in most charity shops, you can try on used clothing to see if it fits. There’s a certain gamble when you shop for used clothing online, however, because you not only can’t try it on but you may be purchasing a vintage or unknown brand.

Most sellers will list the measurements of garments for sale, or should be able to provide this for you if you send a request. This can be far more accurate than the size on the label.

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Try Different Keywords

One way to search for used clothing online is to browse through categories on sites like eBay. However, most ecommerce shops and online marketplaces also have a search function, so you can look for specific brand names.

Try different combinations of keywords to increase your chances of finding what you’re looking for. For example, instead of just searching for “women’s top,” you can look for “halter top vintage” to find a chic 70′s summer top.

Use Social Media

Many online shops will offer special deals or information about sales via their social media profiles or blogs. Big marketplaces like Quicksales.com.au have Facebook profiles which allow you to stay in touch with what’s happening. This could alert you to a sudden sale or new items of clothing coming in that match what you’re looking for.

Check the Shipping and Return Policies

If shipping and return policies aren’t made clear in a listing, it’s worth taking the time to contact the seller to find out more. Even with measurements and accurate photos, sometimes an article of clothing simply won’t be what you expected, and you don’t want to have to relist it yourself.

By shopping around and using all the online tools available, you can find some truly superb bargains online. Fill out your wardrobe with one-of-a-kind designer and vintage wear, or simply stock up on basics. The key is to have fun with it and don’t be afraid to keep looking for a better deal.

With the fast pace of the internet, one is most likely just a click away.

 

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Vacationing in Australia Versus Alaska: You Decide!

Polar Bear Attack, Bear Attack Photo, Alaska Bear Attack

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$500 Groupon Credit To Be Won

Recently, during their big office move, Groupon staff cleaned out their cabinets and found this ancient looking voucher valued at $500 in Groupon credit!

Naturally their first thought was to give it away. But they want their  Groupies to do a couple of things to truly test their Groupon love and dedication!

Consider it an online ‘Creative Treasure Hunt’ of sorts… All that is required for entry is to write a blog post about what you would use the voucher for if you were to win.

The top 5 will then be voted off on the blog. Click on the Groupon logo below to enter!

Groupon, Groupon Credit, $500 Groupon

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO WIN $500 IN GROUPON CREDIT

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Top 100 Things You Love About Australia

I recently read an article in Forbes Magazine – the Top 100 things to love about the United States… It was a feel good list that I thought we could create for Australia… Here are some of mine – in no particular order.

  • Kangaroos – let’s face it, they’re dumb, but cute!
  • The Sydney Opera House
  • The Sydney Harbour and the bridge – you can’t have one without the other
  • Qantas – it’s not just the kangaroo logo, I really like safety.
  • Beaches
  • “Mate”

Add your contributions below by placing a comment and let’s see what we come up with!

Psst! You don’t have to come up with the whole list of 100 – just your own top 3, 5 or 10 things you love about Australia…

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Copper Wire Discoveries

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, British scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 150 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the Brits, in the weeks that followed, an American archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story was published in the New York Times: “American archaeologists, finding traces of 250-year-old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network 50 years earlier than the British”.

One week later, the Bulletin, in Queensland, reported the following: “After digging as deep as 30 feet in his backyard in Townsville, Lucky Simelane, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely f–k all. Lucky has therefore concluded that 250 years ago, Australia had already gone wireless.”

Just makes you bloody proud to be an Aussie!

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Overheard On The Oprah Show…

Workaholic, Stressed Out, Overwhelm, Helplessness, DepressionOprah, when she taped her recent Great Australian Adventure Series last year, asked a Melbourne BBQ guest the difference between Australians and Americans:

“Americans live to work
whereas
Australians work to live.”

I have to admit, that sums it up very succinctly.

Ya gotta love this country!!!

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All Of Today’s news in one VIEW

The Internet is overflowing with news and information. Google’s great when you KNOW what you want to search for, but what if you just want a quick overview of Today’s News? Well guess what? Someone’s solved the problem with a MOSAIC VIEW of Today’s news… Click on the hyperlink and be wowed with what smart people can do with RSS feeds and a little ingenuity!

When you come across great stuff like this – please let us know so we can keep you on the leading edge of the latest and greatest stuff on the web!

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Australia in 100 years…

Julia Gillard, the Prime Minister of Australia and David Cameron, her British counterpart, are shown a time machine which can see 100 years into
the future.

They both decide to test it by asking a question each.

Julia goes first. “What will Australia be like in 100 years time”

The machine whirrs and beeps and goes into action and gives her a printout, she reads it out

“The country is in good hands under the new Prime Minister, crime is non-existent, there is no conflict, the economy is healthy. There are no worries”

David thinks “Its not bad this time machine, I’ll have a bit of that” so he asks “What will Great Britain be like in 100 years time?”

The machine whirrs and beeps and goes into action, and he gets a printout.

But he’s just staring at it.

“Come on David” says Julia, “What does it say”

David replies, “I’m buggered if I know, it’s all in Mandarin”

Joke supplied by Patricia Murray of Positive Life Coaching

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New Australia Map

Australian Blogs, Australian Map, Map Of Australia, Australian Dangers

Thematic Australian Map

The following were posted on an Australian Tourism Website and the answers are the actual responses by the website officials, who obviously have a great sense of humour (not to mention a low tolerance threshold) for cretins!

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Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia ? I have never seen it rain on TV, how do the plants grow? (  UK ).

A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.
__________________________________________________ Continue reading ‘New Australia Map’

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New Australian Stamp

Australia Post have created and marketed a new stamp displaying a picture of the current Prime Minister of Australia, Ms Julia Gillard.

The prime minister had requested a recall of the stamps following concerns that they weren’t sticking.

Australia Post recently suspended a recall of the stamps after the findings of a special Senate Committee were released.

The Prime Minister was told that the stamp was not sticking to envelopes and the enraged Prime Minister demanded a full investigation.

After a month of testing and spending of $1.85 million, a special Senate Committee led by the leader of the Greens, Bob Brown, presented the following findings -

  1. The stamp is in perfect order.
  2. There is nothing wrong with the adhesive.
  3. People are spitting on the wrong side of the stamp.

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Australian Clouds

If you’ve never seen this uniquely Australian phenomenon, watch the video and be amazed at what Mother Nature can create… Gives a whole new meaning to “Cloud Surfing”.

Australian Cloud Formations

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Peter Cosgrove Tells It Like It Is

I teach clients presentation skills in a variety of programs and events. I often explain that it’s best to tell it like it is… But this example takes the cake.

Major General Peter Cosgrove was interviewed on the radio recently.

Read his reply to the lady who interviewed him concerning guns and children.

Regardless of how you feel about gun laws you have to love this! This is one of the best comeback lines of all time.

In a portion of an ABC radio interview between a female broadcaster and General Cosgrove who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military Headquarters.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER:
So, General Cosgrove, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?

GENERAL COSGROVE:
We’re going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery and shooting.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER:
Shooting! That’s a bit irresponsible, isn’t it?

GENERAL COSGROVE:
I don’t see why, they’ll be properly supervised on the rifle range.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER:
Don’t you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?

GENERAL COSGROVE:
I don’t see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER:
But you’re equipping them to become violent killers.

GENERAL COSGROVE:
Well, Ma’am, you’re equipped to be a prostitute, but you’re not one, are you?

The radiocast went silent for 46 seconds……..

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Attention: Visitors To Australia

These questions are from potential visitors to Australia. They were posted on an Australian Tourism Website and the answers are the actual responses by the website officials, who obviously have am Aussie sense of humor.

Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia? I have never seen it rain on TV, so how do the plants grow? (UK).
A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.

Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? (USA)
A: Depends how much you’ve been drinking.

Q: I want to walk from Perth to Sydney – can I follow the railroad tracks? (Sweden)
A: Sure, it’s only three thousand miles, take lots of water.

Q: Are there supermarkets in Sydney and is milk available all year round? (Germany)
A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter/ gatherers. Milk is illegal.

Q: Please send a list of all doctors in Australia who can dispense rattlesnake serum. (USA)
A: Rattlesnakes live in A-meri-ca which is where YOU come from. All Australian snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled and make good pets, especially The Taipans.

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Australian Vernacular

I had the pleasure of spending a few days in the Barossa Valley and came across this sign at the Whistler Vineyard. Priceless Aussie Slang!

Bloody Big Dam Walk - Tell it like it is!

The reason we were there is because they have a Kangaroo sanctuary where young orphans are brought and cared for. Our favorite was “Buttons”…

Buttons - The orphaned Kangaroo at the Whistler Vineyard sanctuary

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Opera House Cake

As Australians we are proud of our landmarks – especially the Sydney Opera House.

Here is a time lapse to give an insight into the incredible week-long construction of the Opera House cake. Watch as the monolithic, chocolate-brown structure transforms into the alabaster iconic Opera House. Like little worker bees inside a hive, this glimpse inside the Planet Cake kitchen shows how hard Paris and the volunteers worked, every step of the way. I

t is incredible to see a weeks worth of work in a short snapshot like this. It is a privilege to get a behind the scenes look inside Australia’s Number One cake kitchen, Planet Cake.

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Petrol Prices Got You Down?

Petrol prices got you down? Maybe this gauge would be more appropriate! I don’t think it’ll make you feel better, but at least it’s more accurate!

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Are you worth $1.8 million/hour?

This is a photographer shared with me, Max Ucherek of Sydney….

“I always tell the story that I’m only really working as a photographer when I’m pressing the shutter button, all the rest is idle or down time. The exposure time normally only lasts 1/250 sec and if I take 1000 photos at a typical wedding I’m really only doing 4 seconds of work. The rest of the time I’m just having a chat or waiting for the next photo opportunity. Charging $2000 for a normal day:  $2000 / 4 seconds works out at $1.8 million per hour. I’m cheap at half that rate.”

“If I use an exposure setting of 1/1000 of a second I’ve just quadrupled productivity or my $ rate but I don’t want customers to think that they are not getting their money’s worth of my time.”

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How To Convert Spam To Priceless Blog Content

The Internet is full of spam – most of it useless ads for viagra and other sexual dysfunctions. But some spam is junk mail people with nothing better to do than sending it to all their so-called ‘friends’…

Then there is the pearl that rises above it all – the gem that shines bright as something different, unique and special.

Today’s blog post is one such gem – a collection of the best photos from National Geographic for 2010. It was sent to me by Toni Fitzgerald of Purpose Marketing in Sydney.

I posted them on my iWeb Antimimeticisomorphism site that you can access by clicking the hyperlink.

Once there, click on Cool Photos and scroll to the bottom, where you’ll find the album of the photos.

So that’s today’s quick lesson – collect content from ALL sources. Pay it forward by giving your sources valuable link juice and entertain your readers all at the same time.

It’s a win-win-win proposition!

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After Easter Cartoon

This one’s a little silly, but it is so funny… Enjoy it compliments of  Gavin Altus, Executive Manager Development at Engineering Education Australia. Gavin’s a very serious guy, but he also has a great sense of humour. I agree this one’s on the silly side, but original enough to share!

Easter Bunnies

Easter Bunnies

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How To Get Great Service In Australia

The other day I needed to go to the public hospital but not wanting to sit there for 4 hours, I put on my blue jacket and pinned on a plastic ID card that I had made off the Internet onto the front of my jacket.

When I went into the hospital, I noticed that 3/4 of the people got up and left.

I guess they decided that they weren’t that sick after all.  I cut at least 3 hours off my waiting time.

Feel free to use it the next time you’re in need of quicker emergency service.

It also works at Centrelink. It saved me 2 hours.

At the Laundry, three minutes after entering, I had my choice of any machine, most still running.

Don’t try it at McDonald’s or Hungry Jack’s though…..

The whole staff disappeared and l never got my order !!!!!…

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